I am sure you are already aware that the Government is planning the biggest re-organisation of the NHS since it began in 1948.
Despite outspoken public and professional opinion they are going ahead with their planned NHS reforms spearheaded by health secretary Andrew Lansley. Just this week the Government caused outrage by organising a meeting with healthcare professionals to debate the reforms but did not invite several prominent health bodies who have called for the bill to be scrapped.
These are the reasons why I believe the bill needs to be scrapped. (taken from http://www.dropthebill.com)
The Bill will break up the NHS and create an unfair postcode lottery. With no national standards, there will be widespread variation in the treatments available on the NHS. In some areas, people may have to go private to get services available for free elsewhere.
LONGER WAITING TIMES
The Bill risks rises in waiting times and a two-tier NHS. It scraps the cap on hospitals treating private patients at the same time as watering down guarantees on NHS waiting times. This means local hospitals will be free to treat more private patients and make NHS patients wait longer.
The Bill turns the NHS into a full-blown commercial market, putting competition before patient care. It allows private companies to cherry-pick quick profits, potentially forcing local hospitals to go bust. Hospitals could even be fined for working together.
DAMAGED DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP
The Bill undermines the bond of trust between doctors and patients. It creates conflicts of interest where financial incentives could interfere with medical decisions. GPs could even get a bonus for rationing your care.
This Bill is wasting money and creating bureaucracy. It is unforgivable to spend £2 billion on a reckless re-organisation when the NHS needs every penny it can get for patient care. Nearly £1 billion is being wasted on pay-offs for managers, only for many of them to be re-employed as consultants.
If you want to help save the NHS and add your voice to the thousands calling for the bill to be dropped I urge you to sign the petition here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670
We have to act now, before it’s too late.